As a movement teacher, Hope was trained in classical ballet by Alexandria Ballet and modern dance by Robin Wilson from the University of Michigan and Helen Hayes from the University of Maryland. Hope also studied Jazz Dance with Kelly Mayfield and performed Mayfield’s choreography. Hope studied and showcased choreography in Washington D.C. and New York where she also received additional training in Limon, Cunningham, and Graham contemporary dance techniques. In 2008, Hope was exposed to dance therapy and authentic movement from the Pratt Institute, and Laban Movement from the Laban Institute and started to explore conscious movement techniques. During her doctoral studies, Dr. Rising studied neuroscience and somatics, including Feldenkrais Method, Alexander Technique, and Body-Mind Centering, at the University of Oregon where she offered a class to dancers and creatives from other disciplines interested in field improvisations. The field improvisation class used walking meditations, impromptu movements, designed walkscapes, and the use of biofeedback instruments to entrain human brains into three states of consciousness, i.e., passion, compassion, and dispassion.